When you have chronic pain related to Crohn’s disease and other related health conditions, you know that what you eat makes a big impact. Foods that are inflammatory can cause a flare-up and suddenly you are bent over in excruciating pain. One of the most important things you can do is watch your diet, being careful only to eat anti-inflammatory foods.
Foods to Avoid
The first thing you need to do is know which foods are bad for your pain and that you should avoid eating. These will be the inflammatory foods, the ones that cause inflammation in your body and can lead to pain flare-ups. While you may enjoy many of these foods, think about the pain that follows them, and decide if it is worth it to you.
The inflammatory foods to avoid eating include:
- over cooked red meat, including steak and hamburgers, along with
- processed meats like sausage,
- bacon, ham and
- hot dogs.
You should also avoid other fats, like
- fried foods and French fries,
- fried potato chips,
- oils, and
However, real butter is okay but in limited quantities.
You should try to avoid refined carbs like
- white bread and
- pasta, wheat
- fried white potatoes, and
Soda and beverages sweetened with sugar are often inflammatory as well, so this includes processed fruit juice and similar beverages.
Foods to Eat
Now for the foods that can actually help to avoid inflammation. These foods aren’t just on the ‘safe’ list of foods that won’t cause pain in your stomach and trigger your chronic pain, but they can actually help to avoid inflammation from other foods. In terms of fruits, you want to have plenty of
- blueberries, and
Luckily, these are all delicious and really easy to add to your diet
- fruit and green smoothies, and to eat as a light snack.
- Tomatoes, also a fruit, can be anti-inflammatory.
There are also green leafy vegetables that help to reduce inflammation, such as
- spinach and
- For nuts, try to add more walnuts and almonds to your diet, such as to top salads or eat a light snack with cheese.
- Healthy fats like organic coconut and olive oil are really good to cook with or use for a light dressing.
This might be a big dietary change for you, so you can try making the changes just a little bit at a time, Replace a pasta with chicken for dinner, add more leafy greens as a side dish for your favorite meal, and mix up a smoothie every morning for breakfast. This makes it a smooth transition to help with your chronic pain.
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